vendredi 30 septembre 2011

Kuwait: Jealousy leads to a national tragedy.

On August 16, 2008, a woman of 23 years who could not tolerate her ex-husband remarries decided to put fire to the tent where the festivities were held.
         The Kuwaiti daily Al-Qabas said the woman claimed to have set fire to the tent, where were the guests, women and children, to avenge the "abuse" suffered at the hands of her ex-husband.
         The newspaper added that an Asian  domestic employed by the ex-wife saw her boss tries to spray the gasoline before setting it on fire and had informed the police.
         General Jassem Mansouri, head of the firefighters told to state television that the last record was 43 dead who died burned or trampled in the stampede triggered by the fire.
         According to General Mansouri, a total of 90 persons were more or less affected in the fire that consumed the tent a few minutes and caused a catastrophe, the loss of life unprecedented in the modern history of the Gulf oil emirate.
         The health minister Helal Al Sayer said that five of the injured were in critical condition, and 38 others were discharged from hospital.
         The wedding was held in the area of ​​Jahra, 50 km northwest of Kuwait City, populated by 500,000 people in the majority of conservative tribes.
         In local tradition, women and men do not mix at parties weddings and other celebrations.
         The bride escaped the fire. She was in a hair salon where she finished her makeup, when the fire broke out, according to the press.
         General Mansouri said on Sunday that most of the charred bodies of the victims were making it difficult to identify them.
         The emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah (Chairman of the emirate since 2006) has expressed his sympathy to the families and said, in sign of mourning, he would not take ceremonial greeting at the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan which began the following week.

jeudi 29 septembre 2011

United Kingdom: Prince Charles paid a royal debt from 1651.

In June 2008, Prince Charles, heir to the throne of England has honored a very old royal debt. The debt of £ 453.15 (567.30 Euros) exempt interest, 350-year-old was contracted with the Company of garment manufacturers in Worcester for military uniforms unpaid by King Charles II in 1651.
The sum was handed in a purse crafted by the theater company "Royal Shakespeare company".
"It seems to me that members of the Company of confectioners have long memories. By long I mean nearly 400 years. However, as a goodwill gesture, I am now willing to honor this debt of 453 pounds and three shillings. I guess you do not, however, has escaped that I resist the overwhelming temptation to pay the debt with all interests. I'm not born yesterday, "said Prince Charles.
           After receiving the award, the High Commissioner of the Company of garment Philip Sawyer handed him a receipt noting a 'very long chapter' in the history of the company had just been completed.
King Charles II ruled England, Scotland and Ireland May 29, 1630 to February 6, 1685.

mercredi 28 septembre 2011

Australia: A judge sleeper, but fair.

In December 2003, Ian Dodd, 57, an Australian magistrate has been dubbed Sleepy Judge (Judge Nod) by the jury. He had fallen asleep during seven days during the hearings he chaired.
         His case was revealed in March 2004 by the Daily Telegraph. The newspaper reported that he had slept for at least nine cases in a court in Sydney. Witnesses told the lawyers dropped their cough or rule to wake up the magistrate quietly during the hearings.
         At the time, the judicial authorities had issued a statement which stated that the judge was suffering from "sleep apnea",
explaining he falls asleep during the day.
         A rape victim had requested that Ian Dodd has to be dismissed. She assured that he was snoring when she testified against her attacker in November 2003.
         Seven cases in which Ian Dodd fell asleep at a crucial time are being reviewed, said Bob Debus, Attorney General of the State of New South Wales.
         However, until his retirement "for medical reasons,"
no injustice had been raised in any case.

mardi 27 septembre 2011

A Cameroonian helped Hermann Goering to commit suicide.

On April 13, 2003, a Cameroonian politician of 75 years died of prostate cancer at the Polyclinic of Bonanjo in Douala. Everyone mourns the death of a man of integrity, an exemplary family father.           
Throughout his career as a politician, this man is known in Cameroon as the Ngeka Martin Luma.
         In fact, he had another life in another world "Nazi Germany". An extraordinary destiny that he had entrusted the care of Professor N. Nfor Susungi, former director of the African Development Bank, before shutting down.

Stranger Heinrich Schneider aka "Martin Ngeka Luma."

         Nako Ndumbe, son of Tonga and Enanga Ngombe, he was born September 10, 1927 at Bwinga-Tiko at the foot of Mount Cameroon, an active volcano named "Manga my Loba" in Bakwiri means "Mountain of God" in the colony of German Kamerun (now Cameroon).
         Before his birth, his mother,  Enanga Mongo  was married with Mathias Funk, a German, a native of Bremen, an employee of the Company production of palm oil "Lever Brothers", founded in 1885 by the British William Hesketh Lever (1851-1925) who became, in 1930, "Unilevel" after merging with the Dutch "Margarine Unie."
         The couple produces seven children die one after the other of various diseases.
         When Mathias Funk is mutated in Ubangi-Shari (now Central African Republic), then under German rule, her parents settled in Douala that their daughter will not follow him. Arrived in Ubangi, Mathias Funk fell from his horse, breaking ribs and dies. Mongo Enanga married Nako Ndumbe Tonga, who died three months after the birth of his son Luma.

The first miracle: Luma rescued from the water.

         Enanga Ngombe decides to introduce his son to his parents Luma living in Douala. During the boat trip to Douala, the baby falls from the arms of a nurse and is miraculously retained by the roots of a tree from a giant bed of the sea shore Her mother trying to save him, swallows so much of water she died a few days after his rescue attempt.
         Through the intervention of Joana Epit Ngeka, a Cameroonian who studied in Germany, the baby is adopted by an old German Jewish couple without children, Mr. and Mrs. Manfred Schneider, owner of a plantation in Cameroon.
         In December 1927, the couple back to Bremen (the hometown of Mathias Funk!) In Germany and gave him the name of Heinrich.

Early Childhood in Nazi Germany of Heinrich Schneider.

         After being subjected to all the sights in Bremen, the Schneider family moved to Wuppertal in western Germany, where is the young Cameroonian school. He is the only Black in his school. Her classmates teased assail him.

         Above a certain Waldemar Schmidt Helmut Heinrich later became Chancellor of the Republic of West Germany from 1974 to 1982, who asked him one day to show his "tail." Have they spoke again at their upcoming meeting as a minister of Cameroon and the other as chancellor?

         On June 20, 1936, James Cleveland Owens said Jesse Owens (1913-1980) broke the world record of 100 meters at the Berlin Olympics in front of Adolf Hitler, inflicting a stinging denial to Nazi theories about the alleged superiority of the Aryan race. He refused to shake his hand. The comrades of Heinrich quick to shake his hand the next day saying he is "your father".

Saved from the crematorium by a Swiss chaplain!

         Soon after, he lost his adoptive father, Manfred Heinrich. Her adoptive mother Mrs. Heinrich decided to move and settle with her only relative, Heinrich, in Berlin in the house inherited from his father. Alas, the hunt for Jews in Berlin is in full swing, but the young Heinrich Schneider, who just turned twelve years, unaware that his adoptive mother is Jewish race. She decided to leave his home in a hurry.
         On the road, they were arrested by the Gestapo, the German political police, which requires papers to Ms. Schneider. Then the Gestapo ordered him to put aside and wait. The young Black does not understand what happens to them. They embarked on a bus and herded into a concentration camp with other Jews of various origins.
         About to be taken to the crematorium by a German guard, a chaplain Swiss occurs:
- "Do not you see he is not Jewish? "
He told to the German guard.
- "How can you say he is not Jewish?
"Retorted the German soldier.
- "Look at his nose! "
Resumes the Swiss.
         Then the German soldier plunged his bayonet in the right tendon of the young Black and snatches a horrible pain. The blood flows freely almost severed the tendon of the boy.
-"Can you tell the difference between his blood and that of a Jew?
" the Dutch said sarcastically to the swiss chaplain.

         Ms. Schneider looks on horrified. She bursts into tears! It keeps the last image that Heinrich's adoptive mother. He did not ever see again! It is assumed that she was taken in another concentration camp where she died. Heinrich Schneider was transported to the clinic in the camp to receive first aid. During the rest of his life, he walks with a limp of the right foot.

Serving the Reichsmarschall of Großdeutschen Reiches, Hermann Wilhelm Goering.

         After this incident, he found a place where he will be neat. Thus he finds himself in "Carinhall" in Berlin, the magnificent property of Reichsmarschall, Hermann W. Goering, supreme head of the aviation and the war economy, amid the forest of the Schorfheide between Großdöllner See Wuckersee and in the north of the current state of Brandenburg.

         Man, affable ways to plump, jovial, the field marshal takes a liking to. He assigns a small house behind the residence where he spends most of his time when he goes out only for meals or to work in the kitchen.

         He maintains an excellent relationship with Ms. Henny Emma Johanna Goering-Sonnemann (1893-1973) who has a daughter Edda Harda, born June 2, 1938 (who fled to South Africa after the Second World War). Heinrich even learns to drive.

         One day, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler, sponsor of the couple, during a visit to Carinhall Goering was asked why the import of a black man from abroad as "pets" while trying to build a society of pure race in Germany.
         Ms. Goering laughs and responds to the Führer that if he wants to conquer the world, he must make friends everywhere, including in Africa.

A heavy secret between Hermann Goering and Heinrich Schneider.

         Hermann Goering ever closer to the young African decides to share an amazing secret. He gave him a box of pills and trust secret instructions about them. Each time he left, he passed before the room Heinrich, leaned on the window as if to inspect the interior.
         The boy took out a tablet from the box and slipped it into her hair, as close to the scalp, then carefully covered it with another lock of hair. The tablet should remain invisible.
         During his stay at Carinhall, Goering has visited him several times and at each visit, a tablet was slipped into the hair of Reichsmarschall before his release. But he had never known the nature of the pills or what they were.
         In fact they were cyanide capsules, which, placed on the tongue instantly killed. If captured, Nazi officials were ordered to commit suicide, never having to disclose information.
         It is these pills hidden in a pot of ointment that will enable Hermann Goering to escape the hanging and suicide October 15, 1946 after being sentenced to death for war crimes and genocide by the Nuremberg tribunal.

Austrian Heinrich Theodor Bleich  helped him to go back to homeland.

         Theodor Bleich is an elite pilot Austrian very close to Goering, secret double agent working for both Germany and the Allies. He officially assumes the duties of translator. He travels around the world: Paris, New York, London, etc ...
         It is forging links with the strange German Cameroon. One of his business associates named Gonzalez, an employee at the shipping company British "Elders & Fyfes" borrows money from his company to invest in a banana plantation in Cameroon German.
         But he died soon after, leaving a huge debt to his young widow. The latter asks Theodor Bleich manage the plantation to pay off the loan from the Elders & Fyfes.
         Thus, in 1930, Theodor Bleich often travel to Cameroon on board his plane. He participated in the construction of the Tiko Airport in the province of south-west.
         It was during his travels  that he met the uncle of Heinrich Schneider, Bwinga, who learns that his nephew, who was brought in Germany baby should have at least twelve years. Bleich teaches that uncle that he knew a young black man in Germany.
         Back in Germany, it was not difficult for a secret agent to find out how Heinrich Schneider, who lived with Goering had been brought in Germany. He took the opportunity to establish friendly relations with the young African that he eventually persuaded to return with him in Cameroon.
         Before the end of World War II, he returns to Bwinga and gave him to Mrs. Joana Ngeka Epit who takes care with love.
         He takes his name African Ngeka Mola Martin Luma, and high school in Kumba, and his studies to PhD with the help of a Gestapo agent with whom he had friendly relations long after the War world.
         He later became regional minister of education in the government of Ahmadou Ahidjo (1924-1989). At the reintroduction of multiparty politics in Cameroon in 1991, he joined the Social Democratic Party (SDF) which he held for many years the position of second vice president.
         In 1995, he founded and chaired until his death, the Southern Cameroon National Council (SCNC), which campaigns for the independence of Anglophone Cameroon.
         On 1 October 2001, he was arrested and imprisoned in Bamenga, two years before his death on April 12, 2003. His organisation was banned in 2008.

Russia: Putin's joke about the secret services.

In January 2011, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, former KGB agent in Soviet times, told a joke to illustrate the secret service in its own way the red of the Russian bureaucracy, according to images broadcast by television.
This anecdote in which an American spy who wants to deliver services, but Russian rejected him from office to office before they are simply turned away, was told by Mr. Putin at a meeting in Orenburg (southern Urals ) on regional policy.
"An American arrives at the Lubyanka," the seat of the Federal Security Service (FSB, former KGB) in Moscow, Putin began.
"- I am a spy and I want to go!
- What country, spy?
- American
- Go to desktop N° 5
The man went to the office5.
- Are you armed?, He asks him.
- Yes.
- While Office N°. 7
- And you have the means of transmission?
- Yes.
- While N°. 20.
- And you have a mission?
- Yes.
- Okay, so go out and have you in, do not prevent people from working!, We ended up telling him.
"Things like corruption, bureaucratic tyranny is a chronic disease in our country, as in Tsarist times during the Soviet era, it is always the same story," said Mr. Putin.

         Agent of Soviet intelligence services in the former East Germany during the Soviet era, Putin, who later became the head of the FSB (former KGB) before being president from 2000 to 2008 , then the post of prime minister. He is again a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic in 2012.

The fantastic story of Angelo Soliman.

Of  his African name, Make-Mmadi was born in 1721 in northern Nigeria today. Child, he was traded against a horse. He is trained by Angelina, his rich Sicilian mistress who nicknamed him André. He learned mathematics in particular, Italian, Latin, German, Czech, French and English.

In 1732, he was baptized in the name of Angelo and sold to the imperial governor, Prince of Sicily Johann Georg Christian von Lobkowitz (1686-1755) and  became his valet.
In 1755, after the death of General Lobkowitz, he finds himself in Vienna as tutor of Prince Franz Josef Wenzel of Liechtenstein (1696-1772). In 1764 he accompanied him to Frankfurt. The same year he won a lot of money playing the "Pharaoh" in Germany, he invests in Stryi mining cobalt in the southeast of Austria.

Released, he moved to downtown Vienna and / or the Roussau. On February 6, 1768, he married secretly Magdalena Christiani, born  von Kellermann, the widow of Harrach'schen, sister of the French general François Etienne Kellermann (1770-1835), General of Napoleon Bonaparte, Duke of Valmy and Secretary of Anton Christiano.
The marriage is recorded at St. Stephan Dompfarre under a special dispensation from the Cardinal of Vienna, Christoph Bartholomäus Migazzi Anton (1714-1803).

In 1783 he was initiated into Freemasonry in the Lodge, the "True harmony (Zur wahren Eintracht)" which brings together the Viennese elite aristocratic on the recommendation of the Most Great Master Ritter von Born.
         He became friends with virtuosos in music such as , W. A. Mozart (1756-1791) and Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), nicknamed "The Terribles Brothers."
         He became Grand Master of this lodge, under the name of “Massinissa”, the famous Amazigh king of Numidia (238 BC. JC.-203 BC. JC) he prints a scientific rigor.
         Destroyed in 1783 because of debts, he died in Vienna November 21, 1796.
His body is offered to the Emperor Francis II who does stuff and display in his museum with three other black body (a six year old girl and a gardener) and all sorts of exotic animals stuffed by the academic sculptor, Franz Thaler.
The steps of his daughter Josephine, wife of the military engineer Ernst von Feuchtersleben to remove and bury the museum worthy end in failure. She died in 1801.

His son Eduard, worked as deputy director of the Company of Bad Aussee salt in the state of Stryi, sometimes with derision of his countrymen because of his African origins.
         October 31, 1848, during the Austrian revolution, a grenade destroyed the Imperial Museum.
He inspired W. A. Mozart for the character of the "Moorish Monostatos" in "The Magic Flute." His plaster bust stands in Anton Rollett Museum in Baden, 32 km from Vienna.

Writes about him, Henri Jean-Baptiste said the Abbé Grégoire (1750-1831) who devoted a chapter in "In the literature of the negroes": "Even if Angelo Soliman has published anything, he deserves of the first places among the Negroes who have distinguished themselves by a high degree of culture, extended by acquaintances, and even more by morality and excellence of his character, he would have had all the delicacy of uniting under a sound judgment, identified by acquaintances and extended solids, he  possessed six languages, Italian, French, German, Latin, Bohemian, English, and spoke with purity above the first three. "

His  history is known through the articles of Monile Firla and especially the work of Wilhelm. A. Bauer, A. Soliman, Hochfürstlische Der Mohr, W. Sauer (Hg), 1922.

lundi 26 septembre 2011

Special European elected officials.

An Austrian member of the National Assembly deaf and dumb.

The beautiful blonde Helene Jarma, elected Ecologist Green Party in the Austrian National Assembly 7 June 2009 is deaf and dumb.
Born August 8, 1971 deaf and dumb parents, she lost hearing at the age of two years after a car accident. Professor of mathematics and drawing, she took special studies for the deaf in Austria and the University of Washington in American Sign Language.
The elected dumb is assisted at all times a sign language interpreter and all proceedings at meetings of the Austrian Parliament must now be translated into sign language.
To swear she managed with difficulty to pronounce the two words "ich gelobe" to the applause of all elected Austrian colleagues Greens shaking hands, clapping language translation of the deaf.
Helene Jarma is the third member with a disability in Europe, after the Hungarian MEP Adam Kosa and the Belgian parliamentary Helga Stevens, both deaf.

A Swiss minister blind.

In the canton of Ticino, Switzerland Italian, Manuele Bertoli was State Councillor (Minister cantonal) April 10, 2010. He is blind as a result of a degenerative disease. His candidacy has sparked controversy, some of his compatriots who have questionned his ability to govern because of his disability.
Law degree in 1988, Manuele Bertoli is director of Unitas, an association of visually impaired and blind, and he chaired the Socialist Party cantonal. Born on  September 29, 1961 at Balerna, he gradually lost his sight as a result of a degenerative disease.
         He serves on the Grand Council in 1998 after a career in politics at the municipal level.
"Younger, when I entered the competition to become a teacher, the cantonal physician told me I could not see well enough. And now I am the politician Schools (...) I may be a symbol. But being a symbol, it is sometimes hard to bear. I hope I'm not going to crash. " Says the Ticino to romand journal, Le Temps, before bursting into laughter.
Thanks to technology, the Minister is working without assistance. It uses Jaws ("jaws"), a program that "reads" aloud everything displayed by the screen.

Swaziland: The Gulf War "live" from a broom closet.

In April 2003, the Kingdom of Swaziland populated with 1,128,814 inhabitants (2008) followed the Gulf War live on national radio, "Swaziland Broadcast and Information Service (SBIS)" in the capital, Mbabane.
The live reports "from Baghdad" that the country stopped passionate: the special envoy told local radio in real time the progress of operations had actually never left Mbabane.
His "stories" were made in the building of the National Assembly.
However, local residents were cut off for several days they were passionate about the news.
Moses Matsebula, the presenter of the show that made the live link to Phesheya Dube, "special envoy" to Iraq even worried about the safety of the latter:
"My dear compatriots, it looks like the cellar in which our correspondent in Baghdad was bombed. It is currently unreachable and I ask you to pray that we do not lose such a good reporter."

         The story does not say exactly how the pot to the roses was discovered, although Phesheya Dube who gleaned his information in the articles of the foreign press and news agency has taken all precautions to avoid being unmasked: it issued from a broom closet located in the building of the National Assembly!

         "Why do they lie to the nation by saying that the journalist is in Iraq while he is here in Swaziland and it transmits from a broom closet?" asked MP Jojo Dlamini Minister of Information during a parliamentary session.
Since the discovery of the fraud, Moses Matsebula refused to answer questions from his colleagues who wondered whether he was aware of the case below.
The Minister of Information, Mntomzima Dlamini promised an investigation that has not worked since he was appointed Minister of Education.
         The fact is that Dube, through his imagination, the intonation of his voice and his sense of narrative dream local people, compensating for the weakness in its own way of local resources ...
Phesheya was destined to be sent very special role, since Swaziland's first name means "one who is abroad."

         The Kingdom of Swaziland is Africa's last absolute monarchy under King Mswati III, crowned King 25 April 1982. He succeeded his father, King Sobhuza II (1899-1982)

United States: A criminal justice and iconoclastic!

On September 21, 2011, the state of Georgia executed unjustly African-American Troy Anthony Davis (42), sentenced to death in doubt for killing the security guard of Burger King, Mark MacPhail in Savannah on August 19 1989.
Shortly before his execution, Davis has always maintained his innocence probably disgusted with the unfair punishment he would suffer, refused his right to claim a last meal with choice of menu and merely ordinary Georgian prison: cheeseburger, potatoes, beans, cookies and fruit juice.
Lawrence Russell Brewer (44), a member of the Ku Klux Klan was executed in Texas the same night of September 21, 2011, for killing James Byrd Jr (49 ans), a Black on 6 July 1998.
Before being executed, Brewer has ordered two steaks fried chicken, a triple cheeseburger with bacon, a pound of pork barbecue, three fajitas, a bowl of fried okra, pizza with meat, a pound of ice and a plate chocolate peanut butter with peanut chips.
The meal served "in reasonable proportions," according to Texas prison authorities was finally rejected by the condemned to death. Two hours later he was executed.
Senator John Whitmire, opposed to this tradition has long railed: “It's extremely inappropriate to give such privilege to a person sentenced to death. Enough, it is enough!” he wrote in a letter, demanding an end to this practice immediately.
Brad Livingstone, director of criminal justice in Texas ruled "based" the arguments of the senator and decided to end "immediately typre this arrangement."
         Now, on death row "will receive the same meals as other inmates"
         The State of Texas who practices one-third of executions in the United States has ended the last wishes of the condemned to death, "claimed a last meal of his choice."

dimanche 25 septembre 2011

Zipporah, the black wife of Moses.

Her name means "Little Bird (Zippor in Hebrew)." She is a Cushite, that is to say Ethiopian ebony skin. Baby gathered on the banks of the Red Sea close to his mother the victim of a shipwreck around 1450 BC, it is adopted by Jethro, the priest of Midian patriarch (Northern Arabia).
         She has six daughters (including Orma) and a son. She is charged by his countrymen to make offerings to the god Horeb they are at the top of the mountain of the same name which is nothing but the Sinai.
         They say they are descendants of Abraham and Joseph.
Zipporah pampered lives in the home of his adoptive father and received a good education.
         After killing an Egyptian foreman who was beating the Hebrew slaves, Moses was forced to flee Egypt. He fled to Midian countries in Northern Arabia.
         He falls in love Zipporah who just saved him from the hands of rapists to the chagrin of his "sister" Orma (daughter of Jethro). She first became his mistress and his wife and bore him two children: Gershom and Eliezer.
Twice, she saves his life: once when pursued by police Pharaonic and the second time in the wilderness, she found a cure that saves him from death.
         It was she who pushed him to achieve his mission: to deliver the Jews from Egyptian bondage. She marries him and they leave together in Egypt to follow the orders of the Lord and confront the powerful Pharaoh Ramses II.
The Bible (Exodus IV, 20) says she circumcised his youngest son with a piece of flint to calm the anger of the Lord to Moses, who was not. She follows the Jewish fugitives, going with them the Red Sea on dry ground.
         But she suffered the vengeance of Aaron and Miriam, Moses' brother and sister. When they are attacking her because of her black skin, Moses gets angry and reminds them of their former condition of slavery.
         Myriam will be convicted to have white skin with leprosy.
In the second pilgrimage to Moses at Mount Sinai to bring back the Tablets of the Law, she helplessly at the sacrilege of the Golden Calf.          In the wild stampede which marks the return of their father, their two young children Gershom and Eliezer die crushed by the crowd.
Zipporah is driven from the ranks of Jews and murdered on his return to his people at the behest of his sister Orma who has never forgiven his love for Moses.
When Moses lays down rules to govern the 613 Jews in the desert, he constantly refers to the respect due to strangers.
         "You welcome the stranger in your house as one of yours because you have been abroad in the land of Egypt .. " Lord told him.          This is the direct influence of Zipporah and therefore, Jews, Christians and Muslims claim it.
         According to Jewish tradition, she would be buried in the Tomb of the Matriarchs in Tiberias.
But for years, it has been shown in white in biblical mythology.
During the Renaissance, Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) is in the "Trials of Moses" and Michelangelo (1475-1564) painted in the Sistine Chapel in Rome enthusiasm to circumcise his son in the desert is a white with blue eyes.
         Bias force of the Renaissance! In the film, "The Ten Commandments (1956)" of Cecil Blount DeMille (1881-1959), the role of Sephora (sic) is played by the blonde Yvonne De Carlo (1922-2007) to the side of Charleton Heston ( Moses) (1923-2008).

samedi 24 septembre 2011

Zambia / Malawi: Michael Sata, the new Zambian president is "persona non grata" in Malawi.

Nicknamed "King Cobra", Michael Chilufya Sata (74) was elected President of the Republic of Zambia 23 September 2011 after defeating incumbent President Rupiah Banda Bwezani (74).
During his long years of opposition, Michael Sata has had many setbacks including with the President of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika.
Indeed, March 15, 2007, when he went to Malawi to visit his old friend  the former president of Malawi from 1994 to 2004, Elson Bakili Muluzi, was arrested at Chileka International Airport in Blantyre.
"No reason was given for his arrest, but he was held for several hours at the police station in Blantyre, deported and declared persona non grata in Malawi," said Ralph Kasambara.
He was then led to 500 Kilometers and thrown into the Mwami border post on the border between Malawi and Zambia.
Back in Lusaka, he lodged a complaint against Malawi for defamation and unlawful detention.
Until his election as the fifth president of Zambia, September 23, 2011, the case was still pending.
According to the laws of Malawi, Michael Sata is still persona non grata in Malawi.
This did not prevent the Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika to send a congratulatory message after actively supported his opponent Rupiah Banda.
On September 24, 2011, the President of Malawi flew towards Lusaka to attend the handover of power, but nobody did  see him at the ceremony of swearing in of President Michael Sata!
Did Mr Sata really forgotten the little wooden bench in the crowded and dirty job of the police in Blantyre March 15, 2007?

Nigeria: General Sani Abacha victim of Viagra.

Died June 8, 1998 officially of a heart attack, President Sani Abacha died of viagra the newspaper Newswatch, taken by the Sunday Times of London.
         General Sani Abacha (54), President of Nigeria enjoyed the company of prostitutes. He was seized with convulsions while he was in bed with two women. One of them came out screaming.
         The heart of the Nigerian dictator would not have endured the antics a bit too energetic to whom he had engaged after taking a "miracle pill".
         Another hypothesis is that he was poisoned by his entourage with a pill of Viagra "doctored".
         His widow Mariam Abacha "believes that her husband was killed by his best friends"
told the magazine Newswatch.
         After taking power in November 1993, he abolished all democratic institutions and replaced many civilian officials with military leaders.
         On 10 November 1995, his government had condemned the public hanging of writer Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni leaders of the community in the Niger Delta. This act denounced internationally led to the diplomatic isolation of Nigeria.
         As the country sank into poverty and corruption, Abacha had turned in five years more than 1.7 billion U.S. dollars.
         General Abdulsalami Abubakar who succeeded him handed over power to President Olusegun Obasanjo, elected democratically in 1999.

vendredi 23 septembre 2011

Singapore: The highest paid ministers of the world.

From January 2009, due to the economic crisis, the salaries of government officials have been scaled down.
Political leaders in Singapore are the highest paid in the world.
         Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong that hit $ 2.46 million in 2008 should reach 1.99 million in 2009 that announced the chain NewsAsia.
         The ministers of the city-state of Singapore are paid in part on the growth rate of gross domestic product (G.D.P.), which is expected to decline this year, said NewsAsia.
         By simple comparison, French President, Nicolas Sarkozy receives 234,096 Euros or 316, 240 dollars per year and the President of the Helvetic Confederation, Micheline Calmy-Rey received
485,000 Swiss francs, or 439,386 US dollars a year. The United States president, Obama H. Barack receives 400,000 dollars and 169, 000 dollars of expenses.
         In 2009, Singapore is the fourth country in the world in terms of purchasing power parity (P.P.P.) per capita after Qatar, Luxembourg and Norway. In 2009, he displayed the highest rate of millionaires.
         The market economy of Singapore is internationally recognized as a model of success while being transparent and free of corruption.
         With a population of 4,608,167 inhabitants in an area of ​​699 km2, Singapore has a density of 6,751 inhabitants per km2.

Ibn Khaldun: a concrete bridge between Africa and Europe.

All  at the Alcazar of  "Rahba Ibn Khaldun” in Seville.

         May 18, 2006, Spanish and Arab leaders were at the Alcazar in Seville. King Juan Carlos and the first Prime Minister of Spain Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero played the Pygmalion.
         Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria, Hosni Mubarak, President of Egypt, Prince Moulay Rachid Alaoui, brother of King Mohammed VI of Morocco, Amr Moussa, Secretary General of the Arab League, Mongi Bousnima, director of the organization Arab League Education, Culture and Science, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem Bin Jabor Al-Thani, foreign minister of Qatar, Mohamed Aziz Ben Achour, Tunisian Minister of Culture and Heritage Preservation and Riyadh Nassan Agha, Syrian Minister of Culture came to honor the memory of the Arab philosopher and historian Abu Zeid Abd ur-Rahman Bin Mohamad Bin Khaldoun al-Hadrami, better known by the name of Ibn Khaldun.
Thanks to the personality of Ibn Khaldun, Jeronimo Paez, director of the Foundation "El Legalo Andalusi" had managed to throw the missing bridge between Africa and Europe.
         Through 136 pieces from 16 countries, he organized an exhibition showcasing the fantastic journey of Ibn Khaldun: a door to the sanctuary of the Cathedral of Seville of the fourteenth century, the stele of the sister of Ibn Khaldun reduced from Tunisia land titles of his family, a rare manuscript known to date, a map tracing his route from Mallorca Seville etc ...

Who is this tireless traveler, eager for knowledge?

The roots of Wali al-Din Abd al-Rahman Ibn Muhammad are at Hadramaut in Yemen, but  he was born May 27, 1332 in Tunis. His ancestors had settled in Seville since the eighth century before moving to Ceuta and then in Tunis where they were serving Hafsids, the ruling dynasty in Ifriqiya (modern Tunisia). Naturally, his father was a fiqh (intellectual).
During his youth, Ibn Khaldun received education from scholars of the sultans Mérinides entourage. Orphaned at the age of 17, he won Fez, Morocco.
         In 1350, he obtained a job in the administration of the Sultan Abu Ishaq Ibrahim came to power in August 1279 under the dynastic name of Abu Ishaq II.
         At the end of the reign of the last, he was arrested, tortured, imprisoned and stripped of his possessions. In 1352, he left Tunisia for a long journey that leads from the Maghreb countries (Tébessa, Gafsa, Biskra, Candle ...) in Andalusia through Arabia and Syria.
He enters the service of the Sultan of Fez, Abu Inan Faris (1329-1358). Accused of plotting against him, he was imprisoned for two years and is released at the latter's death November 27, 1358.
The following year he was appointed Secretary of State and Head of Chancery, and finally secretary, responsible for the high court. In 1361, he became Maliki qadi in Fez.
         In 1362, he was sent in Andalusia, while Nazari kingdom of Granada to the Sultan al-Ghani Mohammed V (1338-1391) who sent in 1363 a treaty of friendship with the king of Castile, Peter I, said the Cruel.
         He was solemnly received into the Hall of the Ambassadors of the Alcazar of Seville. Back in Andalusia, he receives a gift: the village of Elvira in the plain of Granada.
         In 1365, he returned to Candle and is at the service of Sultan Abu Abdallah. When Abu Abdullah was assassinated in 1366, he is at the service of Sultan Abu Hammou zianide Musa II (1353-1389).
In 1382, he found himself in Cairo, where he received the title of Grand Cadi Maliki after teaching at the mederesa of Qamhiyya El Cairo.
         In 1388, he taught at the University of Al Azhar in Cairo. In 1401, he traveled back to Palestine and Syria, where he became adviser to the Mamluk and meets Amir Temur Timur (1336-1405), the Turco-Mongol conqueror who asks him to write a summary on the history and geography of North Africa after it has invaded  Asia.
         On March 17, 1406, he died in Cairo.

Ibn Khaldun: the precursor, the scholar and teacher.

"The work of Ibn Khaldun is one of the most significant works and most interesting ever produced the human spirit," wrote the French Orientalist, George Alfred Marçais (1876-1962)
Sociologist, historian and philosopher, he recorded his observations in one of his major works: Kitab al-Ibar (Book of considerations on the history of Arabs, Persians and Berbers) preceded by the Prolegomena to the history of the world (Al-Muqaddima ) in which he explains his philosophy of history. He also wrote books including: The history of the Berbers and the dynasties of Northern Africa and the book examples.
Precursor of modern sociology and the founder of philosophy and history, he noted humbly aware of its limitations:
"I admit, however, that among men of different ages, no one has been more than I am unable to browse a vast field, so I pray skilled and educated men to consider my book carefully, if not sympathetic, and when they encounter errors, to kindly correct them, but calling me with indulgence. I offer the merchandise to the public will have little value to scholars, but by a frank admission, it can divert the blame, and must always rely on the kindness of his colleagues "
         If one day, the tunnel between Tarifa in Spain (Andalusia) to Cape Malabata, near Tangier in Morocco was made, it should definitely bear the name of Ibn Khaldun, in honor of the man of letters whose immense work will be forever  "a scientific bridge between Africa and Europe, between the Muslim East and Christian Europe"